“Be your own boss!”, you’ve probably heard many an intriguing job advertisement claim. But, as many people have discovered, it’s something that’s definitely easier said than done.
There are a lot of hurdles that people fall at when it comes to transitioning to this sort of career-based freedom. Bosses are pretty darn useful, it turns out! When you work for someone else, you end up avoiding so many of the inconveniences and complexities that come with having to pave your own way!
Preparing yourself for this kind of move (which, yes, usually means either starting your own business or doing some freelance work from home) means getting into a state where you can either avoid these hurdles or know how to tackle them when they appear. We’re going to take a look at the mistakes that a lot of people make when it comes to this endeavour.
Focussing on what you don’t want
You know what you don’t want – you’re sick of the office politics, the nine to five, the work you feel no passion for, other people calling all the shots. But what is it you actually do want, except to escape all of those things? Take the time to really visualize precisely what you want to spend your time doing going forward.
Not getting any sort of help
Just because you’re looking to go your own way, it doesn’t mean that you have to do it alone. So many people get into this mindset that in order to do it “properly” that they have to be completely independent. That they have to do it all themselves. Not only is this not true, but it could also ruin your chances of success. For example, if you’re starting an online business – a popular pursuit for those who want to be their own boss – then don’t assume you have to do all the web design yourself. Getting the help of friends, or even other companies, isn’t just recommended – sometimes, it’s a must.
A lack of realistic approach
Too many people have wanted to become their own boss and found themselves suckered in by those spammy “I made $2000 p/h in my pyjamas just doing THIS from home!!” kind of messages you see in emails and comment sections. I doubt there are too many of you out there who need to be told this, but you need to avoid anything that tries to convince you that this is going to be easy, comfortable, and quick. It’s going to take time, money, and effort.
To be honest, the biggest hurdle that people face is usually found right at the beginning. It’s the hurdle that prevents them from ever trying to follow this path. It’s the “rational” voice in their head that’s telling them that they don’t have the skills to go their own way. That you lack the financial or technological knowledge. That you’re not brave enough. And what happens when you sow the seeds of doubt within yourself so thoroughly? That’s right: you don’t try. Most people who want to escape their current job and be their own boss are going to find a way to convince themselves that they shouldn’t do it. Don’t be one of those people!
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